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Indelible city

dispossession and defiance in Hong Kong
"An award-winning journalist and longtime Hong Konger indelibly captures the place, its people, and the untold history they are claiming, just as it is being erased. Lim's deeply researched-and deeply personal-account casts often startling new light on key moments: the British takeover in 1842, the negotiations leading to its "return" to China in 1997, the current protests, and the future Beijing seeks to impose. Throughout, it is populated by contemporary figures who, like her, aim to put Hong Kongers at the center of their own story: guerrilla calligraphers, amateur historians and archaeologists, and wending through it all, the King of Kowloon, a mentally ill trash collector, descended from royalty, whose iconic street art both embodied and inspired the unique identity Lim unforgettably conveys-Hong Kong as a place of disappearance and reappearance, power and powerlessness, loss and reclamation, silence and voice"--.

After the Arab uprisings

progress and stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa
"The Arab uprisings that engulfed the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) produced domestic shocks to a regional state system known for its authoritarian durability and resistance to democracy. Beginning in Tunisia in late 2010 and quickly spreading to Egypt, Morocco, Bahrain, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, the uprisings differed in degree and scope, resulting in divergent outcomes for the people and places of the region. As the uprisings grew, state responses varied significantly. Some regimes were overthrown following decades of rule while others acquiesced to citizen demands by engaging in various concessionmaking processes. Several states repressed the protest movements to sustain their hold on power, and Egypt's authoritarianism reemerged following regime change. Only Tunisia embarked on a procedural and consensual democratic transition that won international accolades and a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for four civil society organizations called the National Dialogue Quartet"--.

I survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888

Eleven-year-old John Hale has already survived one brutal Dakota winter, and now he's about to experience one of the deadliest blizzards in American history. The storm of 1888 was a monster, a frozen hurricane that slammed into America's midwest without warning. Within hours, America's prairie would be buried under ten feet of snow. Hundreds would be dead, thousands terrified and lost and freezing. John never wanted to move to the wide-open prairie. He's a city kid, not a tough pioneer! And his inner strength is seriously tested when he finds himself trapped in the blinding snow, the wind like a giant crushing hammer, pounding him over and over again. Will John ever find his way home?.

I survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871

the graphic novel
"Robbed on the train platform as soon as he arrives in the city, eleven-year-old Oscar Starling soon finds himself in the middle of the Great Chicago Fire when he chases after his thief, who is herself in need of rescue." --.

Focus on Japanese American incarceration

The US government forced Japanese Americans to live in US incarceration camps during World War II (1939-1945). Through photographs from the past and present, discover how fear and racism led to the incarceration camps, what life in the camps was like, and what happened after Japanese Americans left the camps. Then learn about US incarceration camps' connection to modern issues and see how people are making sure this difficult time in history is never forgotten or repeated. Read Woke Books are created in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian. Inspired by a belief that knowledge is power, Read Woke Books seek to amplify the voices of people of the global majority (people who are of African, Arab, Asian, and Latin American descent and identify as not white), provide information about groups that have been disenfranchised, share perspectives of people who have been underrepresented or oppressed, challenge social norms and disrupt the status quo, and encourage readers to take action in their community.

Drummer boys lead the charge

courageous kids of the Civil War
"In the early 1860s, the United States is torn apart by Civil War. The conflict between the North and the South affects everyone, including many boys who want to join in the fight. Among them are young Edward Black, Lyston and Orion Howe, and Charles Moore. They're too young to fight in combat, but they show their courage by marching to battle as drummer boys. Like any other soldiers in the war, they risk being wounded, captured, or killed in action. But in spite of the risk, these courageous boys bravely face the dangers of war to help fight for their country"--Provided by publisher.

Ida Lewis guards the shore

courageous kid of the Atlantic
"Ida Lewis spent a lifetime on the water, starting when her family moved the island of Lime Rock in 1857 for her father's job as lighthouse keeper. By age 15, Ida was the best swimmer in Newport, Rhode Island. And when her father suffers a stroke, Ida herself takes over as keeper of the lighthouse. But guarding the shore also means guarding the water. And when Ida spots four local boys in danger on the water, she knows she must take action, the boys' lives depend on it"--Provided by publisher.

The story of the Boston Red Sox

"Encompassing the extraordinary history of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox, this photo-laden narrative underscores significant players, team accomplishments, and noteworthy moments that will stand out in young sports fans' minds"--.

Discovering the technology of ancient Egypt

"Pyramids, papyrus, and methods of preserving dead bodies are just some of the scientific and technological advancements the ancient Egyptians are known for. However, the scope of their STEM prowess extended far beyond those areas and into fields such as agriculture, transportation, and medicine as well. Readers explore the many ways ancient Egyptians applied what we now call STEM to their world in this cross-curricular learning experience that focuses on both history and technology. Detailed sidebars supplement the deeply engaging main text, and both photographs and illustrations are part of the eye-catching design"--Publisher's website.

LeBron James

"Engaging images accompany information about LeBron James. The combination of high-interest subject matter and light text is intended for students in grades 3 through 7"--Provided by publisher.


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